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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #420 on: 09/19/2008 10:58 am »
Never could get bored of this...
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #421 on: 09/19/2008 11:00 am »
Yea - that up-close tour thing would not exist now - but the view from that site (old camera site) next to the beach would provide a nice panarama of both pads you know!  Darn-darn-darn...
The up close tour doesn't go there AFAIK, but with a little more luck in terms of timing and help from PAO, hopefully some photographers will be allowed out there to take pix tomorrow.

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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #422 on: 09/19/2008 11:05 am »
Hard down confirmed via PAO...
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #423 on: 09/19/2008 11:11 am »
Zoomed out the east perimeter camera view a little more; gives another view of where the lightning towers are...
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #424 on: 09/19/2008 11:12 am »
Yea - that up-close tour thing would not exist now - but the view from that site (old camera site) next to the beach would provide a nice panarama of both pads you know!  Darn-darn-darn...
The up close tour doesn't go there AFAIK, but with a little more luck in terms of timing and help from PAO, hopefully some photographers will be allowed out there to take pix tomorrow.


It did when I took the pricy up-close tour in Feb '07; you could see right up the north side of the flame trench (looking south) and see the wings of the orbiter with the RSS in place.....  These days - I couldn't tell you either way..
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #425 on: 09/19/2008 11:14 am »
It did when I took the pricy up-close tour in Feb '07; you could see right up the north side of the flame trench (looking south) and see the wings of the orbiter with the RSS in place.....  These days - I couldn't tell you either way..
You're right; my bad -- I misunderstood, sorry. 
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #426 on: 09/19/2008 11:19 am »
L2's morning reports are in and the APU hot fire is now later today (moved back up from Saturday).

Added some selected notes into the current article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?cid=5518
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #427 on: 09/19/2008 11:25 am »
Looks like they found the NTV logo watermark; was wondering where they hid it yesterday...

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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #428 on: 09/19/2008 11:29 am »
Quick question: How do they run the APU hot fire test? Did they preload fuel in the OPF or VAB? 'Cause normally AFAIK there wouldn't be any loaded until S0024 ops or am I completely wrong here?
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #429 on: 09/19/2008 11:41 am »
Looks like the beanie cap just came to life..been waiting for that..i've never seen the arms swing out to the ship on NTV after roll out as they usually cut away before that happens..looks like we'll see that live this time.

And i see the crawler backing out.
Three Engines onboard Endeavour have now throttled back to 2/3rds throttle to prepare the spacecraft to pass through the area of maximum dynamic pressure and to go supersonic

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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #430 on: 09/19/2008 11:44 am »
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #431 on: 09/19/2008 11:54 am »
The crawler is moving away:
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #432 on: 09/19/2008 12:12 pm »
Orbiter Access Arm moving.  Now in position.  GOX vent arm also moving.
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Three Engines onboard Endeavour have now throttled back to 2/3rds throttle to prepare the spacecraft to pass through the area of maximum dynamic pressure and to go supersonic

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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #433 on: 09/19/2008 12:29 pm »

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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #434 on: 09/19/2008 12:43 pm »
L2's morning reports are in and the APU hot fire is now later today (moved back up from Saturday).

With the APU hot fire this evening now and the RSS rotated to the mate position following the test, I'm guessing we won't see both RSS' open at the same time?  How long will the hot fire last?

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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #435 on: 09/19/2008 01:31 pm »
Great to see her on the pad again.  This is actually the first time Endeavour's sat on 39B since her STS-108 mission in December 2001!  Thanks for staying with it throughout the night, Chris.  I would have come back, but as soon as I put my head on the pillow for a break, I passed out.  You remember sleep, right? :)
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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #436 on: 09/19/2008 03:17 pm »
Rollout images now on KSC images:
http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=4

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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #437 on: 09/19/2008 04:27 pm »
I can't wait to see some panoramic shots of the two orbiters together.

Wow, what a bittersweet moment! It is agonizing knowing that, in all likelihood, I will never again see two U.S. manned spacecraft on the launch pad at the same time.

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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #438 on: 09/19/2008 06:54 pm »
Here is an aerial shot of both Endeavour and Atlantis:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=4

Anyone notice ET-129 has a farmer's tan?

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Re: STS-126/LON-400 Processing Latest
« Reply #439 on: 09/19/2008 07:28 pm »
Hey... got down to Playalinda Beach ($3 entry fee) today and grabbed these photos of Endeavour and Atlantis.  I have many, many more so if you want to see them just PM me with your email address and I'll send them along.

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